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Mary Hills (Warner)

Also Known As: "Mercy Warner", "Marcy Warner", "Steele"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hatfield, Essex, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Cause of death: Last mentioned in her second husband's will.
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Andrew Warner; Andrew Warner; Mary Warner and Mary Warner
Wife of John Steele, Jr.; John Steele, Jr. and William Hills, Sr.
Mother of Henry Steele; Daniel Steele; Mary Thompson; Samuel Steele; Benoni Steele and 5 others
Sister of Andrew Warner, Jr; Ruth Kellogg; John Warner of Fairfield; Lieut. Daniel Warner; John Warner of Middleton and 5 others
Half sister of Jacob, Sr. Warner

Managed by: Marilyn Jeanne Haslem
Last Updated:

About Mary Hills

Dates taken from: http://www.angelfire.com/folk/morgan/fam/fam03937.htm

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Children

  • John Warner b: ABT 1625 in Essex, England
  • Mary Warner b: ABT 1626 in Essex, England
  • Andrew Warner b: 26 JAN 1631/1632 in Essex, England
  • Robert Warner b: 1630 in England
  • Hannah Warner b: 1635 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Ruth Warner b: ABT 1641 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Daniel Warner b: ABT 1642 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut (our line)
  • Isaac Warner b: ABT 1644 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut

On "about" August 23, 1631 the sailing ship Lyon made its 5th trip to the New World and departed London with "about" 60 passengers. Ater a journey of 72 days, the ship arrived at Nantasket November 2, 1631.

The believed passengers of the Lyon do not always include all 4 children that should have been on the boat. One could have been in the womb! These were tough women.

  • i. Mary Warner was born in Hatfield, Essex, England, about 1620. She married first John Steele, and second William Hills.
  • ii. Andrew Warner was born in Hatfield about 1622, and died on January 26, 1681. He married Rebecca Fletcher.
  • iii. Robert Warner was born in Hatfield about 1626, and died on April 10, 1690. He married first Elizabeth Grant on 1 Feb 1654. He married second Deliverance Bissell Rockwell.
  • iv. John Warner was born in Hatfield about 1629. He married first Ann Norton on 28 Jun 1649. He married second Martha Boltwood, daughter of Robert and Mary (Gernor) Boltwood. John and Isaac married sisters: Martha and Sarah.
  • v. Daniel Warner was born in Hatfield about 1635, and died on April 30, 1692. He married Mary _____. (Our line)
  • vi. Hannah Warner was born in Hartford, Connecticut, about 1639, and died on September 3, 1682. She married Daniel Pratt.
  • vii. Isaac Warner [#258]: He was born in Hardford, Connecticut, about 1645, and died in Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, in 1691.
  • viii. Ruth Warner was born in Hatfield about 1655. She married John Kellogg in 1689.

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http://www.archive.org/stream/hillsfamilyiname00hill#page/3/mode/1up

'The wife who probably survived William Hills was, before her last marriage, Mary, the widow of John Steele, Junior, who died about 1653 leaving two sons, John and Samuel. The inventory of his estate was taken March 11, 1654. The Warner genealogy states that Mary, daughter of Andrew Warner, of Hadley, Mass., married John Steele, January 22, 1646, and that her second husband was William Hill, of Hartford. When the widow Steele again became a wife is unknown. It was before the 25th of January, 1669, for at that date the Steele estate was settled, and in the instrument of distribution she is referred to as Mary Hill, and William Hill, her husband, " having taken upon himself to administer the estate, is to make good to the children as they come of age." That her second husband was William Hills, of Hartford, and that she was living some twelve years later, appear from the will of the emigrant of 1632, which is dated February 21, 1681, in which he refers to the revenues of the lands in Farmington as those he has " right unto by and in right of my wife," and provides that they be " demanded and received " for her. She probably was the mother of Jonathan ( born about 1664 ), youngest son of the emigrant.

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Ben M. Angel notes: Uncertain for whom these dates relate, but in case they are significant to someone who was mismerged into this person:

  • b. was given as 2/13/1602 or 1603
  • d. was given as 9/19/1672

These dates don't apply to this person. --------------------

  • 'Full text of "The Risley family history, including records of some of the early English Risleys' a geneaology of the descendants of Richard Risley, of Newtown (Cambridge), Massachusetts (1633), and of Hartford, Connecticut (1636); an account of the family reunion at Hartford, August 3, 1904, and a list of the founders of the commonwealth of Connectucut;"
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/risleyfamilyhist00lcrisl/risleyfamilyhist00lcrisl_djvu.txt
  • 'In the book of distribution of property in Hartford it is stated: " Samuel Wrislea, son of Richard Wrislea, bap. Nov. 1, 1645. Richard Risla bap. Aug. 2, 1648." These baptisms occurred in the First Church of Hartford. Richard and Mary, his wife, lived on the east of the " Great River."
  • October, 1648, Richard, sr., died at Hockanum, leaving his wife and three children surviving. December 7, 1648, an inventory of his estate, amounting to 135£ 5s. lOd., was filed in court. ..............
  • 'Richard Risley was married about 1640 to Mary , who was probably born in England.
  • 'After the death of her husband, Richard, she became the second or third wife of Will Hill (Hills), who was also one of the landed proprietors of Hartford. He lived at Hockanum, on the east side of the " Great River," and was possessed of some military talent.
  • 'The date of the death of Mary Risley Hill is probably prior to 1680.
  • 'The proof of the marriage of Mary with Mr. Hill (Hills) is found in the inventory of Richard Risley's estate and the book of distribution in the Hartford clerk's office, p. 219, it is recorded that on Feb. 26, 1680, Thomas Bunse bought land of Wm. Hill in Podunk Swamp, which formerly belonged to Richard Risley and came to said Hill by right of his wife Mary, " relict of said Risley." The land was a part of the early undivided lands belonging to Richard Risley and others of Hartford.
  • 'Richard and Mary Risley had three children:
    • 2 Sarah.
    • 3 Samuei..
    • 4 Richard.
  • 'Who after Richard's death were reared in the family of Wm. Hill, who married Mary Risley.
  • _______________
  • 'The Society of the Descendents of the Founders of Hartford
  • http://www.foundersofhartford.org/founders/risley_richard.htm
  • The Founders of Hartford
  • 'Richard Risley (Wrigley), an original proprietor of Hartford; his home-lot in 1639 was on the west side of the road from George Steel's to the Great Swamp. He afterward went to Hockanum, and settled near Willow Brook. He d. about 1648; inv. £135. 5. 10. His widow m. William Hills, who agreed to bring up the children to read and write, and to give them their several portions.-Ch.: i. Sarah, b. about 1641. ii. Samuel, bapt. Nov. 1, 1646; freeman, May 20,1668 ; d. July 8, 1670, a'. 23 yrs. 8 mos. iii. Richard, bapt. Aug. 21, 1648; freeman, 1669; lived in Hockanum, married and had seven children, and through them had numerous descendants in East Hartford.
  • ________________________
  • 'The Risley family history: including records of some of the early English ... By Edwin Hills Risley
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=r7VPAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA215&lpg=PA215&dq=Hannah+Hills+Kilbourn&source=bl&ots=mxgVd647sd&sig=8dkxvqh0hwJ4YGgqFufBO3ExYBk&hl=en&ei=rCc_TfbiCY-0sAOJtICABQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBsQ6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q=Hannah%20Hills%20Kilbourn&f=false
  • Pg. 215
  • 'If the record stopped here, it would indicate that Richard's wife died prior to his decease, but there is a record of a conveyance of lands made in Farmington by William Hill (Hills) by virtue of his marital relation with the "relict" of "Richard Risley."
  • 'The fact stated in the decree of distribution that Will. Hill gave bonds to bring up the children to "write and read" and gave security for the performance of these conditions would indicate that he married or expected to marry the widow very near the time this decree was entered. It is fair to assume that the three children were brought up in the family of Will. Hill and that the "relict" of Richard Risley became Hill's second wife.
  • 'William Hill, sr. (second husband of Mrs. Risley), died July 1683, leaving an estate L274 60s. 2d. At the time of his death or at least at the time of the execution of the will, Feb. 22, 1680-1, he describes himself as William Hills of Hockanum within the township of Hartford. By his will he makes Jonathan, his eldest son, his executor and imposed obligations upon his wife "Mary Hills" which indicates that Mary (Risley) Hills was living at the date of his death. The children mentioned in his will are Jonathan, Mary, Hannah Hills Kilbourn, Benjamin, Joseph, William, jr., John, Sarah Hills Ward.
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  • 'Full text of "The Hills family in America; the ancestry and descendants of William Hills, the English emigrant to New England in 1632; of Joseph Hills, the English emigrant to New England in 1638, and of the great-grandsons of Robert Hills, of the parish of Wye, county of Kent, England, emigrants to New England 1794-1806"
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/hillsfamilyiname03hill/hillsfamilyiname03hill_djvu.txt
  • 'It has been generally accepted as a fact that Mary, the widow of the emigrant of 1632, was his second wife, but it appears by probate records that she had two predecessors. The distribution of the estate of Thomas Bunce shows that one parcel of real estate, about four acres on the east side of the great river, had been bought by the decedent of William Hills, and that the lot was " formerly Richard Risley's, and came to said Hills by right of his wife relict of said Risley, as appears by a writing under said Hills hand, dated P^eb. 26, 1680," witnessed by James Steele and Thomas Watts. The inventory of the Risley estate was filed October 17, 1648. The court records show there were three children, the eldest less than eight years old, "William Hill bringing them up and giving security to the court " for their several portions of their father's estate.
  • 'The wife who probably survived William Hills was, before her last marriage, Mary, the widow of John Steele, Junior, who died about 1653 leaving two sons, John and Samuel. The inventory of his estate was take". March 11, 1654. The Warner genealogy states that Mary, daughter of Andrew Warner, of Hadley, Mass., married John Steele, January 22, 1646, and that her second husband was William Hill, of Hartford. When the widow Steele again became a wife is unknown. It was before the 25th of January, 1669, for at that date the Steele estate was settled, and in the instrument of distribution she is referred to as Mary Hill, and William Hill, her husband, " having taken upon himself to administer the estate, is to make good to the children as they come of age." That her second husband was William Hills, of Hartford, and that she was living some twelve years later, appear from the will of the emigrant of 1632, which is dated February 21, 1681, in which he refers to the revenues of the lands in Farmington as those he has " right unto by and in right of my wife," and provides that they be " demanded and received " for her. She i)robably was the mother of Jonathan ( born about 1664 ), youngest sou of the oinijirant. ...........................
  • 1. William*, born in England came in ship " Lyon," arrived in Boston, September, 1632; probably died at Hartford, 1683, where his will was jtrobuted, December 6 of that year. Married 1st, Phillis Lyman, daughter of liichard unfl Sarah (Osborne) Lyman who emigrated from High Onger, Essex County, England, in 1631. He married, 2d, the widow of Richard Risley, who died prior to October 17, 1648, the date of the inventory of his estate. The date of her death is unknown. He married, 3d, Mary, widow of John Steele, Jr., of Farmington, who died there, 1653-4, daughter of Andrew Warner of Hadley, Hampshire Co., Mass., who was living in 1681.
  • Children of William Hills, the emigrant of whom record has been found :
    • 2. William, b. Hartford, about 1646; d. (Savage says buried at Hartford, Aug. 15, 1693).
    • 3. John, b. Hartford, about 1648; d. (buried April 5, 1692).
    • 4. Joseph, bapt. March 17, 1650; d. Glastonbury, Conn., Nov. 8, 1713.
    • 5. Benjamin, b. Hartford, — ; d. Hartford (not before 1726, not after 1728).
    • 6. Susannah, b. " 1651; d. — Oct., 1701.
    • 7. Mary, b. Hartford (Porter Gen. says 1654); d. — .
    • 8. Lt. Jonathan, b. Hartford, about 1665; d. Hartford, Sept. 29, 1727.
    • 9. Hannah, b. Hartford, — ; d. before Oct., 1712.
    • 10. Sarah, b. " — ; d. Newark, N. J., 1691.
  • ____________________

-------------------- Mary had 3 children by her first husband and died shortly after giving birth to the last of her four children by her second husband.

Some give her a maiden name of Bunce (daughter of Thomas Bunce) but responsible sites appears to refute that.

Some give her a maiden name of Arnold (daughter of John Arnold), but I find no substantiation for that either. Perhaps she was not always known as "Mary".

Mary was a widow when she married William Hills. According to “The Risley Family Genealogy” by Goold, Richard Risley died in October of 1648 of Typhoid fever, leaving his wife (our Mary) and three children. The wedding to WIlliam is generally agreed to have occurred December 1648 within three months of Richard Risley's demise.

There was lively debate on the Internet over whether Joseph was born too soon after Mary's last baby by Risley to be hers - but they decided Joseph was born in 1650, not 1649, and everyone is satisified that he was in fact the son Mary (widow Risley) Hills and William.

It seems impossible to say whether she was born in the New World - if she was married in 1640, she could have been less than 20 and therefore born in the New World. So I have not identified her as an immigrant.

With her second husband, William, Mary had the following children:

iv JOSEPH (our line) , bp. 17 March 1649 (aged eight on 24 February 1657/8]; aged nine on 14 March 1658/9; m. (1) by about 1676 Hannah Edwards m. (2) about 1699 Mehitable (Hinsdale) Dickinson m. (3) by about 1703 Elizabeth _____ [Hale, House 585].

v SUSANNAH, b. about 1651 (aged six on 24 February 1657/8; aged seven on 14 March 1658/9 ; d. Glastonbury 23 October 1701 in her 50th year [Hale, House 657]); m. Wethersfield 4 March 1673[/4] John Kilborn [WetVR Barbour 174 (surname of bride not given); Hale, House 657].

vi BENJAMIN, b. about 1653 (aged four on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged five on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); m. Wethersfield 11 January 1688[/9] Mary Bronson [TAG 39:120-21].

vii BENONI, b. about 1655 (aged two and three-quarters on 24 February 1657/8 [WMJ 88]; aged four years on 14 March 1658/9 [WMJ 148]); treated by John Winthrop Jr. on 8 July 1659 [WMJ 163]; no further record.

Above is from http://members.aol.com/tlnnash/williamhills.html , a fairly serious site.

She apparently died shortly after giving birth to Benoni.

She was married to Richard RISLEY about 1640 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. (818)(819) (820) Children were:

Sarah RISLEY (some say she married William, the son of her stepfather William, not a blood relation)

Samuel RISLEY

Richard RISLEY.

About her first husband, Wikipedia says:

Richard Risley (before 1615 - 1648) was an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut. Risley sailed from England on July 15th, 1633, in the ship Griffen with Thomas Hooker, William Stone, John Cotton, and John Haynes. They arrived in Boston on September 4, 1633.

In May 1636, Risley left Massacusetts with almost the entire company he had arrived with two and a half years earlier. They found John Winthrop to be too dictatorial. The group headed west through the wilderness, and after a month stopped in an area now occupied by the city of Hartford, Connecticut.

Within the year, the group started a collective government to fight the Pequot War. By the next year, they had adopted what is now generally considered the first written constitution in Western history, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. The group eventually signed a treaty with the Indians for a tract of land and settled down.

The present-day capitol building in Hartford sits on the original Risley land grant.

Risley died at Hockanum, Connecticut of typhoid in October 1648, leaving his wife and three children, ages two months to eight years.

On the Pequot wars:

When Hooker’s followers moved into the Connecticut River valley, they settled on land claimed by the Pequots Indians, who decided to resist and struck at Wethersfield in April 1637, killing several people. A force of 77 Puritans (including Richard Risley) and Narragansett Indians, who hated the Pequots, retaliated a month later by surrounding and setting fire to the main Pequot village on the Mystic River. Some 400 men, women, and children died in the flames. “Horrible was the stink and scent thereof,” wrote one Puritan, but destroying the Pequots “seemed a sweet sacrifice” to assure peace and safety of those seeking to plant themselves on fertile Connecticut lands. The victors of the bloody massacre returned to their homes and families. Richard Risley never had the chance to tell his grandchildren of his exploits in the Pequot War. He died of typhoid fever in October, 1648 leaving three young children.

Richard Risley’s descendants now number in the tens of thousands, scattered all over the United States. Their ancestors were raised by our ancestor their stepfather, William Hills. -------------------- (f/g) Mary Warner Steele Hills Birth: 1626, England Death: unknown Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Mary Warner was born say 1626 to Andrew & Mary (Humfrey) Warner, who moved to Hartford in 1636. She married (1) in Hartford, 22 January 1645/6, John Steele, son of JOHN STEELE. She married (2) in late 1655 or early 1656 WILLIAM HILLS, as his 3rd wife. She died after February 1680[/1] (when she is named in her husband's will). They had five children: Abraham, Hannah Kilborn, Mary, Jonathan, & Hester. Jacobus included in his account of this family a listing of children who were treated on one day in 1658 by John Winthrop Junior, comprising children by all three of his wives, as well as children of his second and third wives by their first husbands. This list omits the daughter Susannah, who was in the original. The Winthrop medical records also contain a similar list from about a year earlier, and many other entries on this family, many, but not all, of which are incorporated in the present treatment. These lists of children treated by Winthrop provide part of the evidence identifying the second and third wives of William Hills. In the probate of the estate of Richard Risley, on 7 December 1648, William Hills is required to post bond for the payment of legacies to the Risley children and to provide for their education, thus completing the identification of the second wife of William Hills. In the case of the third wife, we have the bequest in the will of ANDREW WARNER, on 18 June 1681, of ten shillings to "my daughter Hills"


Family links:

Parents:
 Andrew Warner (1595 - 1684)
 Mary Humfrey Warner (1602 - 1656)

Spouses:
 John Steele (1624 - ____)
 William Hills (1607 - 1683)
Children:
 Hannah Hills Kilborn (1658 - 1686)*
 Mary Hills (1661 - ____)*
 Jonathan "Lieut" Hills (1664 - 1727)*
 Hester Hills (1667 - 1680)

Burial: Unknown Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Apr 08, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 35660481 -tcd

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Mary Hills's Timeline

1602
February 13, 1602
Little Sampford, Thaxted, Essex, England
February 13, 1602
Thaxted, Essex, England
February 13, 1602
Thaxted,Essex,England
February 13, 1602
Little Sampford, Thaxted, Essex, England
1620
1620
Hatfield, Essex, England
1643
1643
Age 23
1645
April 29, 1645
Age 25
Farmington, Hartford, CT
1646
1646
Age 26
1647
1647
Age 27
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1652
March 15, 1652
Age 32
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States